Squash is an interesting sport. If it wasn’t, you and I wouldn’t be here, would we?
Now that you’ve decided to join the ranks of the world’s best game (at least that’s what we squash players believe), there is one thing that you will need to master in order to successfully play the game of squash – the squash court.
Interestingly, squash courts are made up of the floor and the walls, making it a lot of room to play with (and a lot of cool moves too). As you get into the game, you will hear a lot of words used to describe the various sections of the court.
Here is a brief explanation of them.
Understanding the Set Up of Squash Courts
Squash courts are unique in the way they are set up and form the basis of the way they are played. And whether it’s an outdoor squash court or an indoor one, they all share the same characteristics that are outlined below.
Don’t be intimidated by the numerous “lines” and areas on a squash court, they are easy to master once you get in the game.
The front wall is the wall that you face during play. It is where the ball is served and where most of the game is directed. Every shot you hit must strike the front wall during play, and more especially when serving the ball.
These are the walls to the left and right of the squash court. During play, you may direct the squash ball to strike either wall before it hits the front wall. This can only be done when the ball is in play, not during serving.
The back wall is the lower wall to the rear of the court. Just as with the side walls it is legal in the game of squash for the squash ball to hit the back wall before it hits the front wall. But again, only when the ball is already in play, and these kinds of shots are difficult to pull off.
This is the borderline that separates the playable areas from the areas the ball can’t be played in. the out line runs around the top of the court and striking it with the ball is an automatic out.
The service line is the line that runs in the center of the front wall and parallel to the ground. It serves to mark the area in which a successful serve can be made.
This is a narrow area that runs low along the front wall and is about knee high. If you hit a ball into this area, it is deemed out of play.
The front line is the line that cuts down the middle of the floor.
Half Court Line
The half court line is the dividing line between your side of the court and your opponent’s side of the court. During a serve, your opponent is mandated to stay on their side of the half court line and behind the front line. The front line and the halfway line demarcate areas on the squash court called the left and right quarters.
This is a small box within the left and right quarters within which you must stand when you are serving the ball. At least one of your feet must be in the service box when you are serving.
The T is the area in the center of the squash court where the half court line and the front line meet and as its name suggests, it is shaped like a “T”. It offers a great advantage if you can position yourself there.
Racquetball Court VS Squash Court – What’s the Difference?
Racquetball and squash are related sports and share many similarities. Though the courts are similar, they are not exactly the same either. The main differences are that the playing surfaces and sizes are different.
Racquetball courts measure 20 by 40 by 20 feet while squash courts are 21 by 32 by 15 feet. In racquetball, every surface, including the ceiling, is a playable area. In squash, not every area of the court is playable.
Bottom line – squash courts and racquetball courts are different.
Three Simple Steps to Start Playing Squash
Well, that’s basically all you need to know about a squash court. But honestly speaking, for all this (and the game itself) to make any sense, you need to experience it firsthand.
Here’s what I’d like you to do:
Step 1 – head over to Google and query “squash courts near me”.
Step 2 is to book a squash court.
Step 3? You guessed it, go out there and play.